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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Ok, You Win. I'll Post the Divorce Cakes.

I can't dislike viral photo e-mails too much - after all, one of them inspired this blog - but since there are now several divorce-cake e-mails flying through the interwebs, I'm pretty sure the only way I can get you lovely loyal Wreckporters to STOP SENDING THEM is by posting some. So...


Whoah. Sorry. The bitter vibes must be getting to me. Let's see if I can find something a little sweeter...

Ah, much better. Look how cute! Who knew blood spatters could be that adorable?
(And if you're wondering if the groom ever pushes the bride off, then the answer is yes.)

And by the way, while today's cakes are funny, they're also extremely well-made. I know this. So there's no need to point it out in the comments, Ok? We're laughing with these bakers, not at them.

In fact, Elite Cake Creations even specializes in divorce cakes. They get pretty creative with their designs, too:

Visualized metaphors. Gotta love 'em.

Yes, you really can buy miniature coffins for your wedding ring.

Of course, a good divorce cake doesn't have to be super elaborate:

I think that gets the point across, don't you?

While some divorce cakes can be more biting than funny, this one never fails to make me smile:

I think it's those little feet sticking out, Wicked Witch style. Heh. Plus, I was delighted to learn this was made by a bakery right in central Florida. Kudos, Sprinkles Custom Cakes!

Let's end with what I'm sure was a gag cake, but is still good for a chuckle:

Note to guys: don't get any ideas. We only think it's funny if someone ELSE gets it.

And lastly, I think this is a perfect time to wish my fantabulous hubby, John, a happy 11th wedding anniversary. (Yes, really.) I love you, Sweetie! Here's to growing old and increasingly alarming to our friends together.

Thanks to the many billions of you who sent in the various Divorce Cake e-mails. Over. And over. And over again.

- Related Wreckage: The Anti-Wedding Cake (aka The First Divorce Cake?)

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Reader Comments (92)

why are ther pieces taken from the second one?

BTW i'd like to see dary queen do divorce ice cream cakes.

also happy anniversary!

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterarchersangel

I wonder why no naked-carrot-jockeys showed up for the occasion???

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieT

Happy Anniversary!!! I think the divorce cakes are sad... But, hey, what better time to eat cake then when you're depressed!? :D

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn and Sarah Sperry

We were the ones to give our friend the divorce cake- it wasn't him getting it made for himself and throwing himself a party. We wanted to cheer him up and remind him that he can now move on from her emotional abuse. That in itself was sad, but really, he could now go off and do what he wanted to do. And it had been a very long divorce process, he needed something relieving.

... he also got a friend to throw his ring into a volcano in New Zealand and film it. I think that's awesome.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Bricks

Aw, congrats to y'all! 11 years is a long time to put up with someone.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTimba

Awww!!! Happy 11 years! This is also my anniversary with my husband. For us it is 5 years of marriage. I can't wait until my hubby comes home from work so I can tell him.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I get the injured ex-husband, broken luggage and scattered shoes on the first cake, but what the heck is the green ladder thing zig zagging across it?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

Errrr...I mean "on the second cake"

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjanet2buns

Congratulations John and Jen!

The garbage cake is my favorite.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I find the violence of the first two cakes off-putting (blood smears? really?). You'll notice that the Berlesconi cake did not have any blood on it - I suspect because many people wouldn't find that level of violence towards women (even a fake, cake-topper woman) acceptable. Here endeth the lesson.

But what the heck is the long, brown, striped thing down the side of the second cake?

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillyD

I haven't ever been married, but I came close once a few years ago, and (in retrospect) thank heaven it didn't happen because I'm sure I would have been divorced by now!

I do find these sad, yet funny. There is something to be said for dark humor in some situations.

And happy anniversary!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Ha! I love the upside down one :)

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBilby P. Dalgyte

First: Happy Anniversary!

Second: the cakes are magnificent! It might seem strange to happily married people, but I totally get this. My dad started cheating on my mum when she had to go to the hospital for what doctors thought was breast cancer (it wasn't cancer, but she had to stay in hospital for a long while). She didn't now at that time, but they started having fights, the house was never a cosy place, and I remember realising something was wrong when she didn't even get a kiss on New Year.

When she finally found out, he had be cheating on her for four years, and he took of with the most idiotic bimbo you'll ever come across. It was awefull, but two months into the separation we noticed how much more relaxed it was at home, no longer the constant tension of an upcoming row. When the divorce papers were finally signed, we cracked open a bottle of champagne, and I think we had cake as well, but it didn't have special inscriptions or anythin. Just a plain, yummy cake. Sometimes, divorce is a thing to celebrate!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaantje

Wow. Divorce cakes. Hmmm.

The glories of American ingenuity! Hooray for capitalism?...

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon M

Unlike these cakes... May you have many more years of happiness and wonderfullness together!!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Mixed feelings here. I look and 'Oh funny, haha'. But the violent images are just a bit much for me, on a cake. If there were ones of women being shot or shoved down a baked flight of stairs, or being dragged, there would be a huge outcry. I'm not in favor (even in pastry) of violence against any person, male or female.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Happy Anniversary! I love your blog. It makes me smile everyday.

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

If you've never been through the pain of divorce, you don't know the sadness, anger, mourning and other assorted ickyness that goes with it. So if these cakes are helping people process that, amen and hallelujah. Don't judge.

And on a happier note, congrats John and Jen!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMira8

To the Anonymous poster who just submitted an angry comment that I rejected,

I didn't put up your comment because I didn't want you to get bashed on the comment board. Please understand, Jen uses anger and exasperation as humorous tools. She always appreciates the work that you guys go through to find wrecks and it's still exciting for us to watch the wrecks roll in every day. Aside from the thorax cake. And any porn cakes. But I digress.

No offense was meant by Jen's comments. She was just kidding. And, by all means, keep the wrecks coming.



August 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjohn (the hubby of Jen)

Someone always loses in divorce and I think it is a sad situation, even if in the big scheme of things, it's for the best. Nothing to celebrate about but the cakes are certainly well done !

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

May you and John have a very long and happy marriage...Happy 11th Anniversary ! LOL

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I'm having Han Solo in carbonite (from Chef Duff) at my 40th birthday/end of my first year as a single woman after 20 years party. Because every recent divorcee needs a man on ice ;)

I love these! I'm halfway tempted to link my ex to the site!

August 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlida

am i the only one that doesn't get the "rid of old man" one with the big white swirly thing? what is that, a tornado?

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Does anyone else find it a little alarming and unfunny to have murder and malice so celebrated? While the one cake of the husband pushing the wife off was no better than these, it was considerably more mild. I can't help but wonder if any bakery would agree to portray a mutilated or buried wife next to a smiling husband on a cake (or a husband robbing a wife of all her possession and leaving her in the poorhouse, as I've also seen), or if anyone would find it acceptable, much less funny. More than likely, the bachelor to be would be hauled off to the police station for questioning and chastised by those around him. So why put up with it, and reward it, the other way around? (For a fun alternative way of looking at it, replace "wife" and "husband" with "black person" and "white person" and see how it looks.)

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Sprinkles Cakes is in Winter Park? Awww, now I'm feeling nostalgic for my Rollins days.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

happy anniversary!

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucille Ball Jr.

Whoa! Some of the pics on the 'groom pushes the bride' Flicr site are NOT work safe! Just thought I'd warn ya =)

(granted there's nothing on your site that says it would be so I'm not blaming anyone =) Just FYI )

These are If someone hated their ex enough to spend this kind of cash to get a divorce cake...eek. Scary.

August 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa (& Billy)

Divorce is a new beginning, and what better wayt to start a new chapter than with HUMOR!

I wish I'd had a divorce cake and I may just have one belatedly!

September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Hooray for the Winter Park shout-out! I pass Sprinkles every day to and from work!

Hope to make it to the book signing on the 22nd!

September 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershawne

I work in a divorce office, and I must say that I think I may need to suggest these to a few of our clients... Amazing.

September 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously?! How awesome are these.. I've never even heard of a "divorce cake" and can't believe that people actually make these. Even though they are probably going to ruin people's lives... they are quite amusing. My favorite it the first one.
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December 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

These would be cute cakes if the message weren't so...y'know.

To me, the cakes with the violence, the trash-tossing, etc., speak more of a mean-spirited attitude of bitterness (and festering misandry) than of a healthy moving-on. The longer you let it figure prominently in your life, the longer you continue the bad relationship, dontcha think?

And yes, I've been in abusive relationships. I found if I "celebrated" my escape, it took longer to REALLY get over it. Spite helps no one. The sooner you get over it, the sooner you...well...get over it.

My unsolicited opinion.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPerspective

I am divorced. I've never had a happy divorce party or a happy divorce cake.

It amuses me to no end that comments range from "funny, but sad", "this is depressing", or "I'm put off by this" because I simply cannot understand why people feel this way. I guess bc I'm assuming the people who would have such a cake are celebrating and not crying in their ice cream cartons agonizing over the failed marriage. I'm also assuming that for the cake owners their marriage was probably over quite awhile ago anyways, so its more tongue in cheek.

So, why exactly, are are divorce cakes not allowed? Just curious

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdjarianna

Happy 11th Anniversary. I love your tribute to your husband that you will grow old n alarming to your friends. Awesome.

As for the divorce cakes, in some ways it could be a way to heal the wounds divorce leave behind. It's never a fun or easy thing to go through. I think it's better if your best friend gets it for you then buying it yourself. Laughter is the best medicine.

Thanks again you n your husband for an awesome websight!!!!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wish I coulda' got one of these when My divorce was finalized. I think I'd have to go with the very top one.. Hehe...

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterELIZABETH F.

"Take the garbage out" one is freaking hilarious!

August 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJade

I don't know if bad marriages are so much sad as staying in one can be. Most of these cakes are great! Whatever floats your boat...and can make you giggle too.

August 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercakgirl999

I'll be celebrating my divorce-aversary on Saturday! I gotta get one of these cakes! :-)

September 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Classic, some of these are pretty funny; but the one where the writes "your sister say's hi" that just tops it :-)

Peace (Nicholas Cage)

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicolas Kim Coppola

Notice every single cake was a female dragging down a man? I find it funny. Women can be just as much at fault for a divorce too.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChaseBanhart

As a divorced woman... I LOVE these cakes!! My sister threw me a party the day he moved out, however he got delayed by a couple of days so we had my freedom party before he even left lol

December 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanni

Tasteless. And they probably are, too.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarch hare

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